Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Santa Barbara Bar - Peanut Chocolate Cherry - Jan. 6, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

Santa Barbara Essential Foods
Peanut Chocolate Cherry bar
Good - Good +
Weight: 1.58 oz. (45 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 180 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $4.00 (estimate)
Purchased from: Tutor Guild Gift Shop, Ashland, OR

Today was the last day (Day #7) of Chocolate, Cherry and Nut Theme Week.

The Gluten and Soy Free, Peanut Chocolate Cherry bar from Santa Barbara Essential Foods (Santa Barbara, CA) was constructed with brown rice syrup, cherries, dark chocolate, oats, chia seeds and sesame seeds. Whey crisps (whey protein and rice flour) added extra protein.

This gluten-free and GMO free bar had a lightly sweetened, dense oat and seed bar chewiness that caused me to slow down when I was eating it (not a bad thing). The peanut and cherry bits were finely ground and their flavors were, as a result, a bit muted; however, the overall effect was very satisfying. Tiny chocolate chips were incorporated into the bar adding a hint of chocolate flavor.

Photo from: www.sbbar.co
Note: Since I purchased this bar, the company updated their packaging to include a photo of the bar on the wrapper (pictured at right).

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